The ace of the Los Angeles Angels, Jered Weaver appears to be in midseason form to start this year’s Spring Training.
Through two starts so far this spring, Weaver has 1.29 ERA with three strikeouts in seven innings pitched. In his first start, he threw three scoreless innings of work and followed it up on Wednesday with just one run allowed in four innings pitched. For the Halos, this is certainly an encouraging sign to see their ace be an effective pitcher on the mound in limited amount of work so far this spring. Entering this season, the Angels’ pitching staff is looking to redeem themselves after ranking in the bottom of the league in several important pitching categories last year.
Weaver contributed to the team’s struggles last season as he missed about a month and half of the year with a fractured left elbow that he suffered in early April that forced him to miss about six starts. Prior to injury, Weaver was experiencing some pitching problems as he had a 5.73 ERA in the three starts to begin the 2013 regular season.
After he return, his pitching woes continued as he had two months with an ERA above 4.00, and he finished the year tied for his lowest amount of wins (11). Along with his subpar year, by his standards, the three-time All-Star also continued to lose velocity, as his fastball’s average speed dipped even further from 88 mph to 86 mph.
With that said, Weaver’s dominant start to 2014 Spring Training is a good indication that he has adjusted to the loss in his velocity and has his eyes set on not only having a bounce-back season, but also leading an improved Halos pitching staff looking to prove that they have left last season’s struggles behind them.